Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Amanda's apartment during the final fight?

2. After the triple use of the code, what do Amanda and Elyot do together?

3. What is the name of the man who used to love and admire Amanda?

4. What appears to have been a contributing factor to Elyot and Amanda's jealousy during their marriage?

5. In Act II, what does Elyot tell Amanda they must do?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

2. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

3. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

4. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

5. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

6. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

7. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

8. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

9. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

10. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Victor and Sibyl appear to be two dimensional characters who are firmly stuck in their roles as man and woman. Do you consider these characters to be particularly intelligent? Does their intelligence or lack thereof affect their exaggerated femininity or masculinity? What are some specific examples of these characteristics? How do the other characters react to these qualities? Do you believe that these exaggerations cause their big breakdown at the very end of the play? Were they forced out of their passive roles by Amanda and Elyot's rampant challenging of how men and women are expected to act?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Sibyl's reaction to meeting Amanda and vice versa.

Essay Topic 3

Amanda's speech about a person's private life sums up one of the themes of the play. What would happen if Amanda and Elyot behaved with everyone else as they do with each other? Would they be as successful in life as they appear to be? Would anyone have wanted to marry either of them again? Do you believe this? Why or why not?

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